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July 9, 2017

WHY It Takes So Long to Get Published

Writing a book

When I started sharing that I was writing my book, a lot of people started asking “Are you done yet?”

It got annoying pretty fast.

If people are asking you the same question, share this post with them.

How long does it take to get published? Find out an estimate below.

How long does it take to get published?

  1. Write your book (1 to 2 years): Typically you need to write several drafts and get feedback from beta readers and critique partners, then write more drafts. 1 year minimum, but some people take two or three or more!
  2. Find an agent (up to a year): It’s like finding a job. Long process, but if you do it strategically (don’t rush your query letters and only solicit the right people) it could take a lot less than a year. For some people it doesn’t happen, so they start back at step 1.
  3. Submission to publishers (up to a year): Your agent may want more editing/revising done, after those rounds you will be “on submission” where your book is pitched to publishers. Your agent does this job for you and boy is that awesome! You just have to nervously wait.
  4. Publication (up to two years): Your publisher will want you to revise your book more, get the book trailer, book cover, marketing campaign etc ready before launch.

Likely timeline: Anywhere from 5 – 7 years

Possible timeline: 3-4 if you are a fast writer and get agent/publication quickly

The good news: If your first book does well you can release more books every two years or so.

Watch a funny and a little emotional video where I talk about this process below.

Now click here if you want to learn a bit more about Ember Dragon Daughter. It’s my book baby and I love it! I should be done with my first draft later this month.

Have you traditionally published a book? How long did it take for you to get published? What is your current project? Let’s talk writing below.

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